Leakage in the network reduced which will avoid future bursts along Main Street

Irish Water is pleased to announce that it has completed work on the Ballymahon Water Mains Replacement Project. The project has improved the security of the water supply for customers and local businesses and reduced leakage in the network which will avoid future bursts occurring along Main Street.  Irish Water thanks the community for their patience while this vital project was carried out. The work was carried out in short sections to minimise the impact on residents, businesses and road users.

This work is part of Irish Water’s national Leakage Reduction Programme which over the next four years will see €500 million invested to reduce the high level of leakage across the country by fixing or replacing ageing water mains. This will ensure a safe, reliable water supply which is vital for our health, our environment and our growing population and economy.

What did the works involve?

The works involved the replacement of ageing water mains that were prone to leakage and regular bursts which caused interruptions to customers’ water supply. The work was carried out in short sections to minimise the impact on residents, businesses and road users.

What are the benefits?

The benefits of the project include a more reliable and secure water supply, improved water quality and water pressure to properties by reducing leakage in the network. The project will also deliver cost savings by providing improved water network operation that is associated with repairing water mains that frequently burst.

The works were carried out on behalf of Irish Water by GMC Utilities Ltd.

Commenting on the project Derek Deignan, Regional Lead – Leakage Reduction Programme, said “We are pleased to confirm that we have replaced the old water main in Ballymahon. The public water main that was replaced experienced several bursts over the years resulting in a number of water outages for local residents and businesses. This was a complex project as the work involved replacement of an aged high pressure fragile water main. The contractors GMC Utilities Ltd. undertaking the work encountered some very difficult ground conditions during the course of the construction. Engineering solutions planned to deliver these improvement works were altered during the project due to the ground conditions encountered. Replacing the problematic main with a new modern pipe has provided a long term solution to ensure a safe and secure water supply is delivered to customers. We thank the Ballymahon community for their patience and understanding while we carried out this work. We worked closely with the community to ensure that the work was carried out in short sections to minimise the impact on residents, local businesses and road users. This project is part of Irish Water’s commitment to invest in Ireland’s water infrastructure which has been underinvested in for decades”.

This project forms part of Irish Water’s investment plan. Works have been prioritised to address the most critical issues in line with commitments outlined in Irish Water’s recently published Business Plan. Delivery of the business plan will involve a €5.5 billion investment in capital spending on drinking water and wastewater quality and capacity and new infrastructure up to 2021.

Leakage Reduction Programme

For more information, visit our section on the national Leakage Reduction Programme.


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